All Further Articles for 2010-06-03

Thursday, June 3, 2010
You Can't Always Get What You Want, But You Can Invent A Revisionist History of Damn Near Anything
The right-wingers over at National Review have decided, after painstakingly studying and analyzing and twisting the hell out of all the lyrics, that rock 'n roll is their kind of music, so they have up and stolen 50 top "conservative" songs by the likes of U2, Dylan, the Who/Kinks/Eagles/Pretenders/Sex Pistols and even the Everly Brothers. Don't these people have anything better to do, like going en masse to plug the Gulf oil volcano with Don't Tread on Me signs? "And the shame / Was on the other side / Oh we can beat them / For ever and ever." - "Heroes" by David Bowie
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Goop Be Gone
Eminently sensibly, California has become the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. Their new measure requires shoppers to bring their own bags or buy recycled paper bags for a nickel. Californians use about 19 billion plastic bags a year. It's a drop in the now-oil-slicked ocean of plastic in the world, but a start. "You look in trees and there they are. You look in fences and they're stuck in there. In storm drains after a big rain you see plastic bag goop, is what you see."
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A Massacre Is Not A Massacre
Anger rose in Turkey as the funerals of nine activists killed in Israel's attack on the Gaza aid flotilla began and up to 20,000 people took to the streets to protest their deaths. From Electronic Intafada , a look at the grievous history behind their rage . "So you'll excuse me if I am not surprised to learn today that there were more things that I thought were evident that are not: peace activists are not peace activists, piracy is not piracy, the massacre of unarmed people is not the massacre of unarmed people."
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No "Friend" Of Mine: u r the most nasty one. hate u.
George W. Bush is back with us: Unincarcerated, turning a profit, making speeches blithely admitting to torture, and now on Facebook . At last count, 74,227 people "like" him. Wall comments range from "God bless!" and "The true Americans miss you a lot" to "i miss him like i miss smallpox" and "Oh my goodness, look at all these white people!" Who needs fiction: Here is the divided soul of America. "Some people may call him a war criminal, and sure he may be by 'definition' but this man is a HERO. A HERO."
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
A Match Made Some Place We Don't Want To Go
Facing a bit of a PR problem, BP has hired , the slime still fresh on her, Dick Cheney's former press secretary. Anne Womack-Kolton defended the secrecy of the energy task force under Cheney, who was the head of Halliburton, which helped run the rig that exploded, which made BP's CEO want to get his life back, which led BP to start thinking they needed to find someone else to convince us it will all be okay. Oh, these people will all get along just fine. More on Womack-Kolton's illustrious if oil-slicked career here and here .
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Mon Dieu: Gay at McDonald's
McDonald's has a slick new ad running in France, wherein a handsome, lovestruck gay teen may or may not be coming out to his oblivious dad over their toxic burger and fries. It's part of their Venez Comme Vous Êtes - Come As You Are - campaign. Though it's a shameless marketing ploy, it's a nicely done shameless marketing ploy. Now let's see it in the U.S.
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